4 Keys to Enjoying Shooting in Cold Weather

4 Keys to Enjoying Shooting in Cold Weather
Whether I’m shooting in my backyard or enjoying an epic location over the Christmas holidays, it’s usually a struggle for me to get outside and take great pictures in the cold if I don’t have four things in place to keep me motivated. With these four factors, I have the motivation to shoot almost anywhere, at almost... Read More »

Christmas Tip: Blurry Background Christmas Lights

Christmas Tip: Blurry Background Christmas Lights
It’s been a while since I’ve posted something! Been too busy wrapping Christmas presents, decorating Christmas cookies, putting up Christmas lights, practicing special music . . . and celebrating the birth of Christ on Christmas Day itself! When I’m busy I don’t take many pictures. And if I don’t take pictures, then... Read More »

An Illustration of Trust

An Illustration of Trust
As I was reading through Isaiah not too long ago, I came across this verse that seemed to put this entire past year into perspective: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my... Read More »

Dealing with Fears in Photography

Dealing with Fears in Photography
Are you a shy photographer? Are there certain subjects you just don’t like to take pictures of? Do you naturally shy away from taking pictures of people (like I tend to do)? Are you petrified at the thought of someone critiquing your pictures? Are you a perfectionist in editing your pictures because you’re afraid of... Read More »

How to Get Your Nature Shots Used

How to Get Your Nature Shots Used
Nature photography can be an enjoyable hobby, but can nature pictures really be used for anything? As a landscape photographer, this is a question I ponder often. I spend a lot of time getting just the perfect picture for my own personal enjoyment, but is that picture really worth anything more? Can genres... Read More »

Do You Know How to Use Exposure Compensation?

Do You Know How to Use Exposure Compensation?
I consider Exposure Compensation to be one of the 10 most important controls on your camera. Do you know what it is and how to use it? In Lesson 2.6 of the Basic DSLR Photography Course, I talk all about it! If you’re a PRO Member, click here to view the lesson immediately! If you’re not a Lenspiration Community PRO... Read More »

How to Back Up Your Pictures

Have you ever lost pictures due to hard drive failure? Do you have a backup system in place just in case? Is online storage a good backup option? There’s been a super helpful thread going on over on the General Photography Forum called Online Storage Options that I thought would be great to share here on the blog.... Read More »

5 Tips For Shooting Before or After Peak Color

5 Tips For Shooting Before or After Peak Color
The autumn foliage is just about gone where I’m from here in West Virginia, but there is still plenty of color to shoot . . . especially if you can keep the following tips in mind! The autumn foliage doesn’t have to be peak to get awesome pictures . . . 1. Shoot Reflections for Increased Saturation On the way to... Read More »

The Difference the Sun Can Make

The Difference the Sun Can Make
While I was in Vermont taking pictures for Garland Goat Soap (as I talked about in my last post), I continued to shoot in the area as I had opportunity. Most mornings, it was either cloudy or I was too tired from working late the night before to get out for a sunrise. But one morning, the conditions actually lined up... Read More »

First Shot at Product Photography

First Shot at Product Photography
I spent much of last week photographing products for Garland Goat Soap of Vermont. After a complete redesign of their product labels, they are now making headway on completely revamping their website. And a new website needs new pictures! I’ve dabbled in product photography here and there in the past, but this was my... Read More »

Random Update

Random Update
It’s been a long day and I’m really ready to hit the hay, but I figured I’d at least show a few pictures from my stay here at the Moore’s house in Vermont. I’m working on a big project for their business, Garland Goat Soap of Vermont, shooting product images of each of the products that they sell. Will blog about... Read More »

Where We Went During CAPTURE Vermont

Where We Went During CAPTURE Vermont
During the scouting excursions before CAPTURE Vermont began, I found it difficult to find great spots for a large group of photographers to stop and explore. New England is captured best one pull off at a time. However, I was able to find a few places that still worked well despite very little fall color. Here are a... Read More »

Why I Shoot for Excellence in Everything

Why I Shoot for Excellence in Everything
Sometimes I wish there was something more purposeful to shoot than the “flowers in my backyard”. And yet, if I do not know how to shoot my backyard with excellence, how can I expect (or be expected by others) to shoot with excellence things that are more important? Regardless of where I am, regardless of what I’m... Read More »

The “Morale Booster”

The “Morale Booster”
Remember the image submissions I was seeking earlier this month? For the ITG calendar? In the post, Do You Have a Picture that Might Look Nice in a Calendar?, I asked the PRO members if they had any pictures they thought would look nice in a calendar in exchange for a $10 payment. Well, the opportunity is officially... Read More »

How I Shot an Architectural Assignment

How I Shot an Architectural Assignment
After a great summer of ACTION workshops and writing the Basic DSLR Photography Course, travels for the autumn season have officially begun! Because I’ll be on the road a lot, I won’t be able to post in as much detail as I normally do, but I’m still going to do my best to post about what I’m doing and what I’m... Read More »

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